Wednesday, May 19, 2010
During our trip to southern California we spent 4 days at Disneyland and California Adventure. I hadn't been since I was 13 and Eric and the girls had never been there so I had a great time showing them around. We went on everything that we could and the girls loved it! Pirates of the Caribbean scared Anika a little bit, but nothing else did. She liked the big rides. She is a tiny bit shy of the required 40" to ride Splash Mountain, but we got her on by stretching her a bit as we passed by the measuring stick. She went twice.
The Matterhorn was closed the first 2 days we were there, but a week later when we went again it was open. Anika took turns going with Eric and I and she must have ridden it 4 or 5 times. She liked to raise her hands and scream. Many of the rides have a parent swap or single rider option so Eric and I were able to take turns on the bigger rides without waiting too long in line. We both enjoyed the rafting ride at California Adventure and it was perfect when we would get too warm. He talked me into the roller coaster, but once was enough for me. Emily loved the carousel and It's a Small World.
While most little girls were getting dressed up in gowns and waiting an hour in line to meet the princesses my daughter got all excited over Winnie the Pooh and Lightning McQueen.
The girls both liked the Playhouse Disney Live show at California Adventure. It was interactive and lots of fun. I got to sit through it twice...
Ani drove the Autopia cars a few times. She's very proud of her driver's license. She tried to drive my car the next day. I pointed out to her that she couldn't see where she was going or reach the pedals so that would be difficult.
To save money on our visits to the theme parks we would pack a lunch and keep it in a cooler in the car. The diaper bag was full of snacks and water as well. If we had to eat in the park we would eat in a restaurant instead of from the snack stands where a Coke is $4. In California Adventure we found a place where they show you how to make sourdough bread bowls. They make them right in front of you and then you can eat them full of soup at the end of the tour. I think they were about $8 filled with clam chowder or cheese and broccoli soup. Another day we just shared an entree and drank water so it wasn't too bad.
Someday when our youngest child is tall enough for all the rides we'll have to go again.